Saturday, December 15, 2012

#35 Johnny Morris, Pitcher

Johnny got to see a little time in April with the Pilots in 1969 before heading the minors for the rest of the season.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

#33 Marty Pattin, Pitcher

The first Pilot to take the mound in 1969. Marty was also the first Pilot pitcher to get a win. The Pilots defeated the California Angels on April 8, 1969 by a score of 4-3.

Marty would move to Milwaukee with the Brewers only to move to Boston, and eventually land a long time spot in the Royals rotation from 1974 through his retirement after the 1980 season.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

#34 Greg Goossen, 1st Base/ Outfield

As a young 23 year old player Greg got a chance with the 1969 Pilots, but never really flourished. Sadly, Greg passed at the age of 65 on February 26, 2011.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

#32 Gene Brabender, Pitcher

There were only two pitchers to win double digits games for the Pilots in 1969. One was Diego Segui, the closer and Gene Brabender lead the team with a 13-14 record en route to a 64-98 record. Sadly, Gene passed away at the age of 55 back in 1996.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

#31 Sibby Sisti, 1B Coach

After serving his country during World War II and spending his entire playing career with the Braves, Sibby Sisti was a part of Joe Schultz's 1969 coaching staff.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

#30 Federico Velazquez, Catcher/ Ron Clark, Infield

Another of the many uniform numbers that would be held by more than one player. It is not surprisingly that a not very good expansion team went through many players. Federico Velazquez would get into 6 games with the Pilots wearing #30. He would be bought by the Oakland A's on May 27th.

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Another player would be bought came to the Pilots. Seattle purchased Ron Clark from the Minnesota Twins on July 11th. Ron would move to other teams, but would eventually make his way to the new version of the Pilots in the vain of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

#28 Mike Marshall, Pitcher/ Sandy Valdespino, Outfield

Dr. Mike Marshall would start the 1969 with the Pilots before being sold to the Detroit Tigers. Mike made 14 starts and appeared in 20 games for Seattle.

Late in August of '69 the Pilots traded Tommy Davis to Houston for Sandy. He would play in 20 games in September for the Pilots.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

#27, Bucky Brandon/ Bob Locker, Pitcher

Another number that would see multiple players. It became common place for a losing team that was constantly turning over the roster.

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 Bucky Brandon would start the 1969 season with 27 on his back. He would get hurt in the end of May, and would eventually be sold to the Twins in July.

Bob Locker would come to Seattle in a trade with the White Sox in June of '69. He would finish out the season carrying the flag for #27 in Seattle.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

#26 Merritt Ranew, Catcher/ Mike Ferraro, 3rd Base

Another two player number in the revolving door Pilots of the summer of '69.

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Merritt Ranew passed away in October of 2011.

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Mike Ferraro would go on to spend some time managing in the minors, and for a short time in the majors.